Wednesday, August 26, 2015

How To Make A Bourbon Danhattan

2 oz aged bourbon (Elijah Craig is really good)

2 drops aromatic bitters

1 oz sweet Vermouth

1 oz Cherry Heering (Danish cherry liquer)

4 Old Smokey Moonshine cherries, or two marachino cherries

Enjoy!

Sunday, May 24, 2015

Tomorrowland...


By far the best movie I have seen since the 80's. At least. I can't be too direct here, but there's something in this movie that has been missing almost everywhere in TV and Cinema for a very, very long time. I strongly urge everyone to see it. I love the acting, I love the sci-fi, the romance, and the wolves. If a rocket pack and anti-gravity can't lift you up, maybe a little boy-and-girl love story can. The visuals are fantastic, and I love the acting too. Go. See.

100/10...




Compassion is the greatest sign of Humanity.

Saturday, April 25, 2015

The Age of Adaline (2015) - IMDb

http://m.imdb.com/title/tt1655441/

A sweet romance with some interesting sci-fi twist, sprinkled lightly. The sci-fi is based on some quite factual science research on aging, so it's not so long a stretch for those who follow such things. In some of the party scenes, Adeline (Blake Lively) reminds me visually of a young Lauren Bacall. There are some really cool scenes both visually and romantically in the non-amorous sense of romance as well...but dont mistake me, the amorous part is present too. A pleasant film that I really enjoyed. 8/10

Dan

Saturday, February 21, 2015

Havana Kitchen of Temecula. CA

We tried Havana Kitchen just off Old Town Front Street (a couple of doors uphill from the Palomar Hotel) in Temecula this afternoon. The restaurant features authentic Cuban cuisine.

The tables aren't very comfortable,  but the food and red sangria are to die for!  OMG! I had the roasted pork didh, which comes with rice, black beans, and sweet fried plantains. The sauce on the pork is simple sautéed sweet onions and garlic.

I was in Heaven.

My wife had the Cubano sandwich,  which is ham, mayo,  mustard,  and swiss cheese. Perfection.

The sangria is fantastic.

We walked out thoroughly pleased.

9.5/10

Sunday, February 15, 2015

Los Molcajetes Tomales Of Wildomar, California...


I loved this place from the minute I saw it passing by on the way to Ortega Highway as I was cutting through the mountains between Temecula and Orange county. The place was jumping off the street at me, and I've been wanting to stop there for months. Today was the day.

Molcajetes is independent, not even a web site or email, but that's fine with me. They have a full menu, not just tamales, but when it says "tamales" on the side of the building, you can bet that's what they're known for!

There is a small seating àrea inside, but I was in a hurry and had to take my tamales to go. I tried three kinds.

The pork and chicken tamales were generous of size and perfectly-made, a wonderful treat and I would recommend Molcajetes for that alone.

That said, OMG THE PINAPPLE-COCONUT TAMALES ARE AMAZING!!!

I have never had anything like this dessert tamale, and it is spectacularly wonderful! A little larger than the generous dinner tamales, they are ample. The texture is different, a little more like cornbread cake than the teaditional "fried polenta" texture of dinner tomales. I suspect that has to do with the coconut in them. The coconut must be ground, not shredded. It doesn't get between your teeth, which I hate. The flavor was a subtly-sweet and gentle blend of corn, coconut, and pineapple that is warm and wonderful and melts in your mouth. You have to taste it to believe it!!

The restaurant was staffed by a pleasant 30-something couple that I think are the owners. I will definitely be back to find out!

Go, and pray that they always have these wonders of the pineapple dish kingdom!

I am in love.

Dan

Friday, February 6, 2015

Jupiter Ascending...

Jupiter Ascending:

S-P-A-C-E S-O-A-P!!! *With giant echo effect* EPIC battle scenes. Intergalactic court intrigue. Murderous reptiloids. Murderous skitchy little grey aliens. Heavy dialogue. Heavier dialogue. Heavier yet breathing. Flowing space gowns and crowns over glowing stars and planets. Sly little cameos. An intergalactic antique Rube-Goldberg penny-smusher. Lots and lots of cool space ships. Drama heavier than Jupiter's gravity. Antigravity ice skates. Did I mention the epic battle scenes? Did someone smush The Last Starfighter, Back To The Future, the 90's Star Wars prequels, Black Hole, and the 80's Flash Gordon flicks all together in a rotating black hole and then do bong hits with the evaporating Hawking radiation? This was so Nebula-tastic that my ray gun almost went spastic. 5.1915/10 - but fun as all get-out-of-the-gravity-well if you're a space-scene junkie like me. You can't take it serious, but you should definitely take it with popcorn...lots and lots of corn.

Dan